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extend quiz times per student, not just per quiz.

extend quiz times per student, not just per quiz.

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This idea has been developed and deployed to Canvas

 

I know that quiz times can be changed/extended by going into each quiz and selecting the student to grant more time ('moderate a quiz').  However, this can prove tedious if you know that one student (or many for that matter), are going to need more time in ALL a course's quizzes than other students.  Not just one quiz at a time.  A great feature would be to be able to go into a student's settings and extend the quiz times in one fell swoop, if that makes sense.  Now, one has to go to each quiz, "moderate it", then select that student and change the quiz time. Repeat for every course quiz.

 

Thanks!

 

Curtis Finnegan, LBCC, Albany, Oregon

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44 Comments
rpetrina
Community Participant

What a great idea! This would be for students who have a specific accommodation, such as 50% additional time on all quizzes. By setting it up as a percentage entry, you would eliminate the potential for instructor error in calculating what the 50% (or 25%, or whatever) additional time measures up to be.

scott
Community Participant

Right now i handle this by putting those students in a separate section (extension) and then giving that section a different time for the quiz.  All of the other students taking the quiz are also in a different section (exam).  Then I only publish the time/date to those sections and not to everyone.

DaleDrees
Community Champion

Makes perfect sense - This would be very beneficial to anyone who has to extend times on quizzes for a student.

olexar
Community Contributor

This is absolutely a great idea! I posted " modifiedtitle="true" title="one so similar that it was archived (I hadn't run across this one). Disability accommodations come every semester. Moderating each and every quiz for each student with accommodations becomes both time consuming, and worrisome as you want to make sure you do it properly each and every time. I'd like to have the ability to simply go into people, and have the option to allow multiples of time for a student on every quiz. Options could look something like:

  • Allow this student 1.5 time on all quizzes (For example, a quiz with a 30 minute time limit would automatically become 45 min for this student.)
  • Allow this student double time on all quizzes (For example, a quiz with a 30 minute time limit would automatically become 60 min for this student.)

I've yet to come across anything other than 1.5 or double time, but maybe someone in the community knows of other often seen accommodations.

scott
Community Participant

That is a good option.  It would be good to have the 1.5 and the double as that is the most common times to use.  There have been a couple times where I have needed to give someone 15 min more because they had computer problems, so making this flexible is important.

olexar
Community Contributor

Absolutely. I'm hoping that this would be an option additional to what's currently available in Moderate.

millerjm
Community Champion

olexar, we have actually encountered up to 4x (quadruple) time on quizzes at our school - a 30 minute quiz would become 2 hours.  Our most common scenario is also 1.5 and double time. 

Having the ability to do this on a per-user, per section basis - for example Jane Doe, SIS ID 1234567, has an english class and a math class.  She gets double time on her math quizzes but not on her english quizzes.

Having two ways for instructors to manage this time extension to be granted would be ideal.

  • The current method:  instructor moderating quizzes on a one quiz at a time, per student, basis
  • An area under quizzes for the instructor to say "this student always gets double time."

Ability for the disability office to manage extended time:  A tool at the account and sub-account level to moderate quizzes would be ideal.  This would perhaps allow the college's disability office to flag students in the system so that the instructors could see the type of extended time the student needs?  Or perhaps even just go ahead and enter that Jane Doe gets double time on all of her math class quizzes and have it change it across the class so the instructor doesn't have to?  (I know on our campus this wouldn't go over well right now due to faculty politics but perhaps other colleges would be able to make use of this...)

rpetrina
Community Participant

I think it is an interesting option to consider allowing the disability services office to manage time, but I don't know if it is the best idea. This is because it is the student's responsibility to inform the instructor of accommodations. By automatically giving accommodations, the instructor might not know what's going on. Additionally, my institution has experienced students with "invisible disabilities" electing not to request accommodations in certain classes by not giving the instructor the disability office form. That is still the student's right and prerogative.

kona
Community Coach
Community Coach

Excellent point/points  @rpetrina ​! I'd also shy away from having a global setting. It's one thing to have the instructor be able to set this for their course, another thing all together when you start talking about a global setting.

millerjm
Community Champion

Yeah, I wasn't sure what the politics are like at other schools.  It wouldn't go over well here to have it be a global setting...I just spoke with the director of disability support and she said the same thing.  Smiley Happy

scott
Community Participant

We do not always have "timed" quizzes, so in that case using the moderate feature does not work to add more time.  That is why I ended up using the sections to place people in and give them different times.

henry_ngo
Community Member

Dear Fellow Canvas Users,

This is a great tool for teachers/administrators.  If you have colleagues that feel the same way, please forward them this voting link and ask them to vote for this tool.

Thanks.

ryant
Instructure
Instructure

This is already possible currently through the API, fyi.

Canvas LMS REST API Documentation

rpetrina
Community Participant

That's a start, but most instructors do not work with the API. I think the goal of this idea is to help instructors more easily manage accommodations. And that API call still doesn't seem to solve the problem of quiz times by percentage. Students with accommodations don't get a raw number of additional minutes on every assessment. The additional time is always relative to the original quiz time.

valerie_schulz
Community Member

Would LOVE the option to set the student extension for the whole semester.

sscutieri
Community Member

This is a must for complying with Individualized Student Plans in an EFFECTIVE way for bot teachers and students.

mattking
Community Member

I concur -- I was directed to post this as an idea by Canvas support after they told me it couldn't be done!

There should obviously be a way to set global settings for a student in a course. While I'm bummed I can't take credit for this great idea, I'm happy it's a bit further along and so hopefully will be implemented sooner!

bsr
Community Participant

Critical feature! I teach an online class with over 60 quizzes, and it takes an unreasonable amount of time to go through the "moderate quiz" process for each quiz, manually calculate and enter the new time, repeat 62 times, and then do it all over again 5 or 6 or 7 more times as additional students notify me of their accommodations. Our accommodations are also typically 1.5x or 2x, so those settings would work, but even better would be to have an "enter multiplier for this student" option.

jsparks
Instructure
Instructure

Hello Friends,

Thank you for this idea. I agree this can be incredibly useful for giving students more time under special circumstances and meeting accommodation requirements.  We will look into this for future planning and enhancements to quizzes.

Many thanks,

Jason

cwendt
Community Champion

The vote was close on this one. An equivalent idea is now up for voting here. Please vote and encourage others to do so if the implementation of it is important to you.   Smiley Happy